Admission to Academic Programs
 
 
 
 
Admission to Academic Programs

It is very important to remember that admission to a language program does not mean that you have also been accepted into other academic programs offered by a university or college. However, some institutions in the United States offer conditional or provisional admission to academic programs. For international students, conditional or provisional admission most often will be granted to applicants whose academic or professional qualifications are very good but whose English language skills need some improvement. That is, you might be admitted to a program of study based on your academic or professional qualifications, but before enrolling in regular courses, you will be required either to complete additional English language courses or to submit acceptable scores on standardized tests that measure English language proficiency. If this applies to you, you should carefully read the letter or other documents that you receive from the admissions office to determine exactly what the conditions of admission are, and then contact them directly if you have any questions.

Some institutions admit international students into an academic program without conditions, but require the student to take English language placement tests after they arrive on campus. Based on the results of the placement tests, students are permitted either to enroll in regular programs of study, to enroll in additional English language courses at the same time as enrolling in regular programs of study, or to enroll in and successfully complete additional English language courses before beginning regular courses.

In some schools, the additional language courses required carry credit and count toward the student's graduation requirements. In other schools, the additional language courses may be given through an Intensive English Program and carry either no credit or credit that is not counted toward graduation.